Stubborn Fish - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia

I chew the fish down
to my stomach below
my gastric juices were ready
to dissolve it for good.

The fish told the juices
to get out of the way
for he didn’t want to become
part of me.

They argued and fought
for a long time
the fish was stubborn
and would not yield.

Finally the gastric juices gave it up
and told the headquarters to do the rest
within few minutes noises started
and I threw up the stubborn fish.

Now he ended up unused and wasted
sent down the toilet
with a blast of fresh water
never to be seen again.

Had the fish yielded
to the juices to dissolve him down
he could have become part of me
to write this poem
that you may well need.

To save yourself
is to lose your life.
Give it away for others for Christ’s sake
and you shall find life.

KP Yohannan. “Stubborn Fish.” Dance Not for Time. GFA Books, 2013, p. 224.

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